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Somerset cricket fans bowled over by Royal Marines’ performance

Rain stopped play - but not the unarmed combat demo
3 August 2021
Royal Marines from 40 Commando and Lympstone provided pomp, ceremony, and not least the match ball to a one-day cricket clash in Taunton.

Playing to a full house at the town’s County Ground, the Band from the Commando Training Centre supplied the music and marching…

And the commandos from just up the road in Norton Manor provided the brawn to entertain the crowd ahead of Somerset’s clash with Yorkshire in their Group B Royal London One-Day Cup encounter.

The team from 40 Commando organised hands-on activities involving some of their kit before showing that you don’t need weapons to be lethal courtesy of a breathtaking display of some of their unarmed combat fighting skills. 

The day was also a chance for a Royal Marines Cricket Team reunion hosted by Somerset County Cricket Club before 40 Commando produced a special match ball delivery.

The marines’ appearance at the ground was the result of an initiative launched two years ago by Somerset County Cricket Club and 40 Commando to enable the two organisations to work together to help each other – and the wider community

It was fantastic to be able to host the Royal Marines – they were such an integral element of the matchday experience

Caroline Herbert, Somerset County Cricket Club

“It was fantastic to be able to host the Royal Marines – they were such an integral element of the matchday experience. It’s absolutely crucial that we work collaboratively with our valued partners in order to be able and help them showcase everything that they have to offer,” said cricket club Commercial Director Caroline Herbert.

“The Marines play a big part in our community and we look forward to working with them in the further and the benefits they bring to the region.”

40 Commando’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Andy Dow added: “40 Commando is an active member of the community and has a long-standing relationship with Somerset County Cricket Club. This event was the perfect opportunity to celebrate that relationship.”

This year, members and supporters can expect to see Royal Marines from 40 attending various events and sharing their skills, as well as appearing on matchdays for a wider fanbase to enjoy.

As for the cricket… rain limited the match to 20 overs apiece with Yorkshire hitting 158/5 before the hosts responded, reaching their target with just five balls to spare for a five-wicket victory and two points in the bag. 

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